were just too powerful. i spoke with two soccer players earlier this evening, they said, they gave it their all and they said they feel very proud of the job that they did for america, but in the end, it was just not to be. and, of course, it was a cinderella story that is now something for the history books. >> it is japan's world cup! >> reporter: it was an ending no one expected. a team that came out of nowhere and became world champions. before the shattering loss, american fans were confident. >> i think it's going to be 3-1. honestly, i think it's going to be about 3-1. >> reporter: this victory was supposed to belong to the americans. athletic and powerful, they y we the favorites. but the japanese, unlikely rivals, were simply hungry. for 68 minutes, the americans had the game, but couldn't find a way through the japanese defense.e. >> a chance here and scores! >> reporter: finally, 22-year-old alex morgan, the youngest player on the team, scored. america breathed a sigh of relief. >> there's still danger!